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By liinko, Junior Member on 23rd October 2016, 06:37 AM
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This has not really been tested much, so I'm posting here so people can try it out with different vehicles, to see the extent to which this works.
  1. Make sure you have a MirrorLink enabled phone & car
  2. Download LG MirrorDrive from the PlayStore
  3. Open LG MirrorDrive from the cars head unit (sometimes it takes several tries before it tries to open)
Note: Because this relies on the LG MirrorDrive being incompatible with the phone, this probably won't work with LG phones.

What this does:
Because the application is meant to work with only LG phones, when you attempt to open it with a non-LG phone, it will automatically close and give you a toast message saying "LG MirrorDrive only works with LG phones that support MirrorLink." This brings you to the last screen you had open on your phone before you connected it to your car, and you now have the phone fully mirrored on to the screen, with touch control.
This means you can use Google Maps, Waze, or whatever your favorite maps app is, without having to pay $80+ for a MirrorLink GPS navigation app.

The reason I say it's mostly working, is because once your phone is mirrored, when you open any app it kicks you out of the mirrored screen, and you have to go back and click on LG MirrorDrive again to re-enable mirroring. Which is a minor inconvenience compared to having google maps working IMHO.

I personally have a 2015 Honda Civic Si and a Galaxy Note5 (not rooted), but others have confirmed it working with other Honda cars with similar head units, and other Samsung phones.

Because of how this works, I'm assuming it works with any head unit that has MirrorLink and any phone that is not an LG and has MirrorLink 1.1

Some pics of it working on my head unit:

LG Toast Message


Maps w/navigation


Spotify


Main Screen w/ message


I'm also using Nova Launcher, which allows the home screen to rotate into landscape.


Don't forget to post your results if you try it out, whether it works or it doesn't.
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23rd October 2016, 12:51 PM |#2  
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... I'm assuming it works with any head unit that has MirrorLink and any phone that is not an LG and has MirrorLink 1.1...

Yes, I have the same solution for Volkswagen App-Connect, Seat Full Link and Skoda SmartLink
Optional you can disable the messagesettings
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19th November 2016, 04:57 PM |#3  
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Thanks Buddy! Works with my S7 Edge and 2015 Honda Civic.

Now just wondering what would be the best app to open using this technique in order to keep it from crashing. I tried Android Auto, which allows you to play music while using navigation apps.
5th December 2016, 04:13 PM |#4  
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I gave this a try. As you said it kinda works, but i had to relaunch the LG app on the HU each time i changed apps on my phone and the LG app launched on the HU about one out of every three tries. I messed with it for a couple days, but decided the juice wasn't worth the squeeze. Cool find though.

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22nd April 2017, 03:13 PM |#5  
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Yes, I have the same solution for Volkswagen App-Connect, Seat Full Link and Skoda SmartLink
Optional you can disable the message

settings

doesn't work when you start moving the car
6th May 2017, 09:15 AM |#6  
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That is correct. HTC and Sony phones doesn't work when you start moving the car. VAG cars need (only for Sony and HTC) a VIM activation. Watch this YT Video https://goo.gl/gvgF5X.
But this is for Samsung. It works while driving (Honda, Suzuki, Peugeot, Toyota, Volkswagen ...) . How to YT video https://goo.gl/Xc3fTP
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Just my 5 cents:
I think crash behavior is changing with different keyboards. I assume the apps crash because of the keyboard... Maybe it is necessary to find a good keyboard.

S7 fully updated..
14th July 2017, 06:44 PM |#8  
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hi ,I got solution you need to uninstall mirrorlink updates
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hi ,I got solution you need to uninstall mirrorlink updates

Thanks @dyadya n1! I also had to uninstall the mirror-link update on my Galaxy S7 for this to work.

For others, here is how you uninstall the mirror-link update:
Goto Settings->Apps-> Select "Show System Apps" from the menu at the top -> Select Samsung Mirrorlink 1.1 -> Select the the "Uninstall Updates" option from the menu at the top.
18th July 2017, 04:42 PM |#10  
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I have an S8plus and it won't work
No MirrorLink system app.
I have a "Car Mode Stub" v 1.1.26. Is that it? It's not downgradeable.
In fact, the one on my A3(2016), which works with LG MirrorDrive, is CarmodeStub 1.1.09

I think that, other than the Mirrorlink protocol, is the only place where the avaliable applications list can be changed.

For the same installed application set, the S8+ only shows "Car Mode" and the A3 (2016) shows "LG MirrorDrive" + "Seat AppDrive" + etc.. (the Mirrordrive apps I installed on both phones),.
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27th July 2017, 09:55 PM |#11  
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I have an S8 and it does have Samsung Mirrorlink app, scrol down further and look for Samsung mirrorlink .
But i cannot downgrade it.
I can connect but cannot activate Lg mirrordrive, it appears but cannot be opened.
.I have no plan Sh....
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